Online summer school course offerings for high schoolers this year will be slightly reduced to include only Living Skills and Economics classes for students who were already signed up for them, as well as classes needed for credit recovery, Palo Alto Unified School District announced in the Board of Education meeting yesterday.

According to Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Services Sharon Ofek, high schoolers will be able to take these courses online for credit recovery via UC Scout, a digital learning platform offered by the University of California. Math courses for students who wish to bridge up lanes will not be offered, Ofek said.

Middle schoolers will be able to attend courses for math, and elementary schoolers will be able to use FEV Tutor, an online learning program, Ofek said, adding that both elementary and middle schools will offer social-emotional learning options for students and their families.

Although summer school start dates are still tentative, it will likely start in July, with courses ending during the school year in September, according to Ofek.

Extended School Year, a summer program for students with Individualized Education Programs, is still in development.

“They [the special education department] really would love to be able to do some in person pieces but they’re planning for online only,” Ofek said.

SUMMER SCHOOL PLAN — A slide introduces the Palo Alto Unified School District’s plan for online summer school classes this year at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night. High schoolers who were already signed up to take Living Skills and Economics (Assistant Supt. Sharon Ofek noted that Economics was missing from the slide by accident), or who need to take classes for credit recovery will be able to do so online. “We were looking at starting [summer school] in July after the July 4 weekend piece to give people some time off in June,” Ofek said. Image: PAUSD


Editors’ note: The above text was published as an update on May 15, following further news announced by PAUSD about summer school courses. The text below was published on May 12 prior to the Board of Education meeting.


All high school summer school courses will be held online this year, according to an announcement from Palo Alto Unified School District Summer School today.

Previously, two in-person summer school sessions were available for students to complete their courses, but now, students will have until September to complete courses online via UC Scout, a resource for online learning by University of California.

“Summer School will not be using or organizing registration through UC Scout to take classes for leveling up a math course or to take an extra course, ONLY for students who did not receive credit for semester 2, or received a D or F for semester 1,” the letter states.

Summer courses intended to make up for second semester classes have now been changed to the credit/no credit system. However, courses intended to make up for first semester are still eligible to receive a letter grade.

Students currently signed up for summer school courses have until May 15 to decide whether or not they wish to remain enrolled, and should notify the district of their decision by emailing [email protected].

More information regarding summer school is expected tonight at the Board of Education meeting, which can be viewed online here at 6:30 p.m.

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